By PT Staff, published on September 1, 2005 - last reviewed on May 2, 2013
For most of us, home is more than a home. It's a place where we seek to meet many of our emotional needs. Increasingly, we want our homes and neighborhoods to provide us with personal identity and a connection to others.
The New Urbanism seeks to capitalize on this urge by facilitating everyday social interaction through the strategic design of public and private spaces. This urban planning movement is built on the belief that physical environments really matter and shape our lives in ways we might not recognize. Neighborhoods that reflect New Urbanist tenets make use of some or all of the following design elements: